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ERIC Number: EJ940639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1832-8342
A Framework for Determining the Authenticity of Assessment Tasks: Applied to an Example in Law
Burton, Kelley
Journal of Learning Design, v4 n2 p20-28 2011
Authentic assessment tasks enhance engagement, retention and the aspirations of students. This paper explores the discipline-generic features of authentic assessment, which reflect what students need to achieve in the real world. Some assessment tasks are more authentic than others and this paper designs a proposed framework supported by the literature that aids unit co-ordinators to determine the level of authenticity of an assessment task. The framework is applied to three summative assessment tasks, that is, tutorial participation, advocacy exercise and problem-based exam, in a law unit. The level of authenticity of the assessment tasks is compared and opportunities to improve authenticity are identified. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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